Health centre put to the vote

Posted on August 20, 2009. Filed under: News stories |

Epworths Bell | By Mark Ditchfield | North Linconlshire PCT | 20 August 2009

A SURVEY has been launched to gauge public support for a possible new health centre and improved car parking in Epworth.

One of the six strong groups of landowners, Colin Parker, explained the month-long surveys have been placed in the South Axholme Practices at Epworth, Haxey, West Butterwick, Belton and Owston Ferry.

In 2007 a controversial £2m revamp of Epworth under the Isle of Axholme Renaissance Project – which included low cost housing and a medical centre – was dropped following massive opposition from local residents.

“The town needs health care for the 21st century with adequate access for car parking and the disabled,” Mr Parker said.

“We also desperately need affordable housing for young people as Epworth suffers from rural migration.”

Mr Parker has discussed the issue with Isle MP Ian Cawsey who in turn told the Bells/Advertiser he supported consultation within the community to gauge local views on any possible major developments.

“Mr Parker made an appointment to see me recently to go through his ideas and I said he would need to show there is local support as I did not want another fiasco like the Epworth Renaissance where all the plans fell due to local people feeling they had not had a say on what would happen to the town in the future,” Mr Cawsey added.

“I am sure that most people would want to see a new Health Centre for the South Axholme Practice and a lack of car parking is something raised a lot by local people.

“But the issue here is whether the community would support the idea of a new scheme of housing to provide the funding to make this happen.

“I’ve seen a copy of the questionnaire it is very simple with a yes/no answer so, I am very interested to see what the local response to it is.”

Those wishing to put forward their views can also logon to the MP’s website atwww.iancawsey.co.uk and then click on ‘Epworth Housing and Health Centre – Have Your Say.’

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